I answered your questions, now where’s my free cruise to the Bahamas?

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Here’s a new way to get people to answer a public-opinion poll: Promise them a free cruise to the Bahamas.

This morning, I got a robocall from an unidentified public-opinion pollster. After the voice told me that I had been “very carefully selected” to participate in this poll, he said that, if I answered the questions, I’d get two tickets for a free cruise to the Bahamas, paid for by “one of our sponsors.” How could I resist, right? Hoping to find out who that generous sponsor is, I pressed 1 and took the poll:

Roboquestion 1: What is the most important thing we need to do to restore America’s economic growth? Create more jobs? Institute a flat tax? Reduce the size of government? None of the above? [This question sort of tipped their hand. Let’s see, who would propose a flat tax as a way of restoring America’s economy?]

Roboquestion 2: Which party are you most likely to vote for in November? Democrat? Republican? Independent? Don’t plan to vote? [Well, at least they didn’t cut me off when I clicked on Democrat.]

Roboquestion 3: Overall, do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s job as president?

Just three questions, and then I get a trip to the Bahamas? Wow, that was easy. Now, all I had to do was to press 1 to connect with an operator who would “arrange my tickets.”  I could almost hear the steel drums playing as I hit #1 on my telephone keypad. Press. Wait. Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Busy signal. Disconnect. And…scene.

Gloria Shur Bilchik Gloria Shur Bilchik (629 Posts)

Gloria Shur Bilchik is a freelance writer and community volunteer in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the editor of Occasional Planet. She views the preservation of democratic values and progressive programs as vital to making the US a humane, livable place for her children and grandchildren.


  • Virginia Benson

    I had the same “poll” call last week and afterwards was connected with a young woman who described the cruise I had won and then wanted my credit card number for the “port tax” — scam alert!!

  • Guest

    Just got the call 5 minutes ago.  Thank you for posting. I did not answer the questions.

  • Jessica_R

    We did it and it worked.   We went on the Carnival Sensation, it wasnt a 2 nighter tho…  Theres a 2 night cruise???  Seems kinda short